Cheslatta Carrier Nation is one of 10 First Nations communities benefiting from a new partnership between the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) and the provincial government.
The B.C. government is providing $320,022 to PGNAETA for a project that will study labour market trends and needs – including future LNG opportunities – for 10 First Nations communities in the region.
The project is employing a co-ordinator, a research assistant and field interviewers to conduct interviews with major employers, small businesses and up to 1000 First Nations community members to determine areas of interest for future skills development.
The information will be used to develop long-term approaches for Aboriginal labour force development, and a human resources strategy to meet the anticipated labour demand for skilled workers in these communities. The report will be complete in October and shared with the participating communities.
“The strength of this program lies in working with the communities,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “By taking a community level approach, this program will help ensure First Nations and the province are well prepared to take advantage of future employment opportunities and a growing economy.”
Other First Nations communities involved in this project include Lheidli T’enneh Band, McLeod Lake Band, Nadleh Whut’en Band, Nak’azdli Band, Saik’uz First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation, Takla Lake First Nation, Tl’azt’en Nation and Yekooche First Nation.
“This study will give us the information we need to create a labour market strategy to ensure that First Nations are full participants in our economic growth,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.